More than 100 million people are living in areas of the US currently under a heat advisory as we reach day 6 of a crazy heat wave moving east to west instead of the typical pattern of west to east. According to Accuweather, Alaska was the only state that didn’t reach 90 degrees on Thursday. I’m about an hour north of Philadelphia and I think we hit 98 degrees yesterday – with a heat index of over 100. I worked in my studio for a while yesterday and couldn’t help but feel bad for the folks working downstairs in the hot glass studio.
I know what you may be thinking – it’s supposed to be hot in the summer. Do you remember heat waves from when you were a child? Me neither. Too busy swimming in my neighbor’s pool and eating Italian ice from the truck that would drive through through the neighborhood in the early evening hours. (My favorite flavors were watermelon and bubble gum -which tasted like Bazooka Gum.)
Now that I’m all grown up and living in a house without central air, I’m feeling it. It makes me want to do absolutely nothing. While I’ve been doing my best to avoid eating sugar, I finally broke down and bought myself a pint of Green Tea ice cream last night and ate the whole thing while sitting in my air conditioned living room and watching “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix.
Today I’m getting close to jumping in the river, it’s just that hot.
What are you doing to beat the heat?
Image courtesy of The U.S. National Archives, circa 1975. Original Caption: “Beach at Little Duck Key. Camping Is Popular Throughout the Keys, and Many Have Large Commercial Facilities. These Do Not Yet Exist at Little Duck, But Camping and Trailers Are Permitted.”